Category Archives: Family & Community

Latin American and Caribbean Salsas

cucumber mango salsaMy father was a culinary adventurer, a seeker after foreign delicacies and exotic flavors. He was passionate about world cuisines and brought them home for the family to try. I remember the first time he brought home a jar of pickled hot peppers from a Hungarian deli.… Read more

Pilgrimage

My family makes an annual pilgrimage. No, not to Mecca nor to Jerusalem. And not for any overt religious purpose. But our annual camping trip to the lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains has become a tradition, as my son says “more important than Christmas.”

The tradition started when I took my son, age seven, and my daughter, age four, to meet my brother and his wife at the laSardine Lakeke.… Read more

6 Easy Ways to Green Your Home

living roomI was reading my friends’ posts on Facebook the other day when it dawned on me that we really are in the middle of a global shift in how we live on our home planet. I’ve been seeing little bits for some time, but now there’s a flood of information, collaboration and action on a variety of ecological subjects.… Read more

Aging at Home: the Village Movement

older woman gardeningOne of my goals is to live in my own home for the duration, yet there may come a time when I can’t do everything myself. That concerns me.

I know several women in their 80s  who are in this position.… Read more

Urban Farming: Landshare and Fruitshare

Urban farming landshareI came across Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall‘s River Cottage TV cooking shows about a year ago. He moved out of London in his twenties to a village in Dorset as an experiment to see if he could grow his own food and thrive in the country.… Read more

Spring Radish Craving

red-radishesTowards the end of winter, I get a craving for red radishes. White ones and daikon will do in a pinch, but not the pink. As soon as they show up in the Farmers Market I’ll start buying 4 bunches for the week and munch them throughout the day as a snack.… Read more

Good Times with Bubby and Zaydeh

dress patternI was eleven when my mother went to work. I went to my grandparents’ house after school some days and stay until the evening. I helped my Bubby around the house and she taught me to sew and cook. She had been a seamstress in a women’s clothing factory before marrying my grandfather, so she knew how to sew well.… Read more